Current Projects

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles 

Urban Design Center is providing thought leadership and technical assistance to AltaSea on the development of project narratives and document submittal requirements for government funding applications.  AltaSea seeks revolutionary approaches to ocean-related sustainability issues by bringing together the best minds in science, business and education to generate innovative solutions to the global challenges of sustainability.  Upon its final completion, AltaSea’s multi-million Gensler designed state-of-the-art Innovation Campus will consist of a Business Hub, Science Hub, Education Hub, outdoor recreational space that includes a public harbor promenade, a café, and a verdant landscape.   

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles 

Urban Design Center is providing thought leadership and technical assistance to AltaSea on the development of project narratives and document submittal requirements for government funding applications.  AltaSea seeks revolutionary approaches to ocean-related sustainability issues by bringing together the best minds in science, business and education to generate innovative solutions to the global challenges of sustainability.  Upon its final completion, AltaSea’s multi-million Gensler designed state-of-the-art Innovation Campus will consist of a Business Hub, Science Hub, Education Hub, outdoor recreational space that includes a public harbor promenade, a café, and a verdant landscape.   

Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department

Under the oversight of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office and on behalf of the Housing & Community Investment Department of Los Angeles, UDC is managing the implementation of the $14.6 million Crenshaw Mid City Corridors Proposition 1C Infill Infrastructure grant it procured from the State of California Housing & Community Development under a consulting agreement with the former Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles.  The project consists of infrastructure improvements on 4 corridors and several streets including sidewalk improvements, tree planting, bus shelters, wayfinding signage, crosswalks and public art projects all designed to link new affordable housing developments to transit hubs.  UDC is leading the community engagement process in partnership with the Metro Crenshaw LAX Transit project to garner constituent input and support for the proposed improvements and coordinating the implementation of the scope of work by the Department of Public Works Bureau of Street Services and Beautification Department and the Department of Transportation. UDC is managing the preparation of infrastructure and housing compliance documentation.

PIMA Alameda Partners, LLC


PIMA Alameda Partners, LLC - 4051 S. Alameda, Los Angeles – Entitlement Consultant – December 2014 to present:  UDC is serving as the entitlement consultant as part of the Allen Matkins team to facilitate the completion of the Environmental Impact Report and subdivision track map for the development of four new green build retail manufacturing and warehousing facilities totaling 480,000 sq. ft.   These new job creating facilities will be located on the site where Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles defeated the City of Los Angeles’ waste burn incinerator project known as LANCER. 



UDC is advising the project owners on strategies to expedite the EIR and track map approval process, managing the community engagement process, coordinating the job placement efforts and facilitating program and partnership efforts to develop of an onsite Design and Manufacturing Training Institute for local students and residents.  Additionally, UDC is working with the owners to create an orchard of shade trees in the parkway surrounding the property to enhance the sustainable elements of the design.

City of Los Angeles Office of the City Clerk

Business Improvement District Formation Consultant for Historic Central Avenue - May 2014 to Present. UDC served as the Formation Consultant for Historic Central Historic Business Improvement District which received unanimous consent from the Los Angeles City Council and 78% support from voting property owners.  The ordinance establishing the BID was signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti on 11/3/15 and became effective on 12/6/15.  The district spans 1.56 miles along Central Avenue from Vernon Avenue to Washington Boulevard and includes 130 property owners totaling 181 parcels of land. UDC managed the feasibility assessment, constituent engagement and marketing processes, the website - http://www.centralavenuehistoricdistrict.org - and Facebook page, educational presentations, facilitation of monthly steering committee meetings, development of the proposed programs & assessment formula, preparation of the management district plan and engineer’s report, the petition and ballot drives and the establishment of the non-profit organization.  UDC is now working as the management consultant to the CAHD to facilitate the implementation of initial program operations, business development strategies, and brand development efforts.
CH2M Hill, Inc., Santa Ana, CA

Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project - Strategist July 2012 to Present.  In partnership with Urban Strategy Group, LLC and Fixing Angelinos Stuck in Traffic (F.A.S.T.), the UDC team is serving as a subcontractor to CH2M Hill on its project management contract with the City of LA Bureau of Engineering for the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project straddling the Los Angeles River.  The USG/UDC team assisted the City in conducting the design competition for the project which was won by the Michael Maltzan/HNTB design team.  Work includes preparation of the strategic outreach plan, content development for the project’s website - www.SixthStreetViaduct.org - and coordination of public outreach meetings and focus groups in partnership with Council District 14.

 

Transit Oriented Development Analysis/Resource Assessment February 2012 to Present.  UDC and Urban Strategy Group are sub-consultants on CH2M Hill’s contract with the County of LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO) for the County of LA Measure R funded SR-710 North FWY Closure Environmental and Conceptualization Study tasked with analyzing Transit Oriented Development opportunities for the light rail and freeway alternative concepts being studied and identifying funding resources.  Work includes the review of community and regional plans and existing development to assess baseline data and resource inventories within ¼ mile of proposed station areas to assist in developing the Draft and Final Project Management Plan.

Long Beach Affordable Housing Coalition - www.lbahc.org

UDC is providing organizational development, asset management, financial restructuring, development consulting services and property management training for the LBAHC staff in order to help build their capacity to self-manage their projects and expand their operations.  UDC has assisted LBAHC in expanding from 3 administrative staff to a 12 member in house property management team, many of whom are residents of LBAHC’s affordable housing developments.   UDC is guiding LBAHC through the process to restructure its HUD financed and tax credit properties, manage the renovation of its projects and plan the development of new affordable housing developments.  LBAHC maintains 23 affordable housing properties totaling 484 units.  UDC has also secured broadband infrastructure and training grants from the California Public Utilities Commission for several of LBAHC’s buildings in order to educate residents on how to utilize the internet to manage their finances, research information, provide educational tools for students and professional development.

Greater Leimert Park Village Crenshaw Corridor BID and Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood Development Council

 

UDC is serving as the development advisor and thought leader for the organizations’ Leimert Park Village 20|20 Vision Initiative.  From 2014 to 2020, the Initiative will implement business and economic development strategies to leverage revitalization opportunities catalyzed by the upcoming installation of the Leimert Park Village Metro station.  


UDC facilitated the development of the initiative’s 6 primary objectives to be addressed, facilitates their weekly stakeholder meetings, ad hoc work groups and Annual Planning Charrettes, manages the development of grant proposals and resources necessary to implement the objectives, advises on the acquisition and adaptive use renovation strategies for the Leimert Park Village Development Partnership, Inc. efforts lead by Community Build and West Angeles Community Development Corporation, works in partnership with RAW International Architects, Inc. to facilitate the National Association of Minority Architects’ design competition and the development plan for the African American Cultural & Convention Center proposed for one of the public lots in the Village, developed and manages the www.leimertparkvillage.org web portal and contact database and facilitates the development the Visitor’s Guide and branding strategy.  


UDC also coordinates business development partnership efforts with the Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood Development Council, implementation of the Urban Land Institute Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) recommendations in partnership with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ Office (the funder of the (TAP) report and Charrette programs) and the community input for the public lot development feasibility assessment being facilitated by the Economic & Workforce Development Department of the City of Los Angeles.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor – 1200 S. Cabrillo Avenue, San Pedro, CA : Development and Project Management Consultant.  Since April 2001, UDC has served as the fund development and project management consultant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor for 5 of its capital projects: the San Pedro Club site renovation project completed in 2002; Port facility development completed in January 2004; Wilmington Club expansion completed in May 2007; S. Mark Taper Foundation Teen Center completed in 2009; and Daniels Field Sports Center which was developed on City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks site. 


Frank Politeo designed the original Wilmington Club and the renovation and expansion projects.  The long waited ribbon cutting for the Jerry Rodin designed Sports Center was held in November 2015.    UDC serves as the owner’s representative for each development project and handles all of the Club’s contract negotiations, lease negotiation and compliance, plan expediting and construction bidding.  UDC facilitates government grant fund development efforts for the capital projects and handles contract compliance matters and financial reporting. To date, UDC has garnered and managed the following government funding for the Club’s: $218,000 and $278,080 Prop K LA for Kids grants; $150,000, $130,000 and $400,000 Community Development Block Grants (CDBG); $118,000 Prop 12 Murray Hayden grant; $500,000 Prop 40 Urban Parks Act grant; a $435,000 Prop 40 Murray Hayden grant; and a $123,125 State of CA General Fund grant.  UDC also developed proposals for foundation grants awarded to the Club including a $550,000 S. Mark Taper Foundation grant; $350,000 Kresge Foundation grant; and $300,000 Ahmanson Foundation grant.  UDC obtained the Mitigated Negative Declaration CEQA clearance and Parking Variance entitlement for the Wilmington Teen Center project.